In recent work, we demonstrated that the confined-phase spectrum of non-supersymmetric pure Yang-Mills theory coincides with the spectrum of the chiral sector of a two-dimensional conformal field theory in the large-N limit. This was done within the tractable setting in which the gauge theory is compactified on a three-sphere whose radius is small compared to the strong length scale. In this paper, we generalize these observations by demonstrating that similar results continue to hold even when massless adjoint matter fields are introduced. These results hold for both thermal and (−1)F -twisted partition functions, and collectively suggest that the spectra of large-N confining gauge theories are organized by the symmetries of two-dimensional conformal field theories.
- Discrete Symmetries
- Duality in Gauge Field Theories
- Space-Time Symmetries
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics